Fruity lamb tagine

Fruity lamb tagine

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Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr, 30 mins


Serves 4

This succulent and superhealthy one-pot is guaranteed to satisfy a crowd - save time and make it up to two days ahead

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Healthy
  • Dairy-free


  • kcal497
  • fat18g
  • saturates5g
  • carbs46g
  • sugars32g
  • fibre12g
  • protein40g
  • salt1.37g
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 500g lean diced lamb



    A lamb is a sheep that is under one year old, and is known for its delicate flavour and tender…

  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 large carrots, quartered lengthways and cut into chunks



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp ras-el-hanout spice mix
  • 400g can chopped tomato
  • 400g can chickpea, rinsed and drained
  • 200g dried apricot
  • 600ml chicken stock

To serve

  • 120g pack pomegranate seeds



    Now mainly grown in America, Spain, the Middle East and India, pomegranates originated in the…

  • 2 large handfuls coriander, roughly chopped


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Heat the oil in a casserole and brown the lamb on all sides. Scoop the lamb out onto a plate, then add the onion and carrots and cook for 2-3 mins until golden. Add the garlic and cook for 1 min more. Stir in the spices and tomatoes, and season. Tip the lamb back in with the chickpeas and apricots. Pour over the stock, stir and bring to a simmer. Cover the dish and place in the oven for 1 hr.

  2. If the lamb is still a little tough, give it 20 mins more until tender. When ready, leave it to rest so it’s not piping hot, then serve scattered with pomegranate and herbs, with couscous or rice alongside.

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16th Oct, 2018
Made this is slow cooker with half of the stock. Im not a confident cook and wasn't sure about using chickpeas and apricots because i hadnt used them before so only added half. My fussy husband said he would try it but I didn't think he would like it. But what a success. It was delicious. The lamb fell apart, the flavour not too spicy, the apricots just added a subtle sweetness and will next use full amount next time. I served it with cous cous and flat bread. Even my 10 year old son who is so hard to please said it was ok! Can't wait to cook it again.
13th Feb, 2018
Lovely recipe with a great taste I added a few dates to it as well along with the apricots
29th Jan, 2018
Cooked this yesterday for the first time and it was absolutely gorgous. I slightly reduced the ras-el-hanout as I was afraid it would be to spicy but don't think I needed to at all. Will definitely make again using the correct quantity of spice. The sweetness more than offset any spiceiness.
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28th Nov, 2017
excellent. used lamb neck, cooked for about 3 hrs, sauce thickened nicely and the lamb melted in the mouth. definitely advise to cook a lot longer than stated.
2nd Nov, 2017
Used equal parts beef and lamb as lamb to make it a bit less expensive. Left it in the oven for nearly 2.5 hours. Lovely flavours, goes great with couscous, though the sweetness does take some getting used to. Mixed feelings about the pomegranate.
7th Oct, 2017
Great recipe but I had to cook it 2.5 hours and add extra stock as it was drying out (probably because of the extra time in the oven) it was necessary to cook longer so the lamb was tender. Next time I will add less apricots and maybe include some other vegetable such as squash or sweet potato.
2nd Oct, 2017
Absolutely loved this dish. I used the slow cooker. Just reduced the stock to about 400mls and left the apricots out. By then putting in the fridge overnight, I was able to remove any fat that had risen to the top. Halved the apricots ('Ready to eat'ones) and reheated everything for about 15 mins so the apricots became nice and soft. Didn't bother with the pomegranate seeds. Served with Ainsley Harriot's Moroccan couscous (plus finely chopped red onion and red peppers) and flatbreads. Absolutely delicious!
20th Aug, 2017
Excellent, definitely feeds 4! Cooking time of 1.5 hours is really a minimum, 2+ is probably better.
11th Jun, 2017
I've cooked this on the hob allowing it to gently simmer for up to three hours. It gets better each time! Soul food! The flavours intensify and the meat just melts in the mouth when cooked for this longer time. If it needs thickening I add a heaped tablespoon of ground almonds. Served with some flatbread it's a very satisfying meal.
14th May, 2017
Had to let this cook much longer than the recipe states...2.5hrs made a perfect dish


8th Aug, 2017
Can you freeze this?
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14th Aug, 2017
Thanks for your question. Yes, you can freeze this. We put a blue star above the nutritional information at the top of our recipes if they freeze well. Hope this helps in future.
9th Sep, 2016
Would this work in a slow cooker?
28th Sep, 2016
Absolutely; I made it in a slow cooker (I have three settings on mine and gave it about 8 hours on medium and it was melt-in-the mouth gorgeous. I didn't bother with the pomegranate and coriander, and doubled up some of the ingredients to make it stretch to two meals-worth. Just don't go mad on the liquid. You just need enough stock to make sure the meat & veg is covered. I also added a spoon full of flour with the Ras el Hanout to help thicken the sauce, as slow cooker stews can retain their liquid.
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13th Sep, 2016
Thanks for your question. We have not tested this recipe in a slow cooker so cannot give exact instructions but if you'd like to give it a go, bear in mind you will probably need to adjust the volume of liquid. Usually reducing by about a third works but you want to make sure all the ingredients are covered. As liquids do not reduce and thicken, you could also try rolling the diced lamb in a small amount of flour before adding to the slow cooker. For more slow cooker tips, read our slow cooker article. Hope that helps!
7th Dec, 2015
I'm making this in the slow cooker for tomorrow nights tea. It's very watery and doesn't look appetising at all. Should I have removed some liquid as I'm cooking in the slow cooker?!
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14th Dec, 2015
Yes sometimes it is worth reducing the liquid a little when using a slow cooker, but if it is too wet once you are ready to eat it you could strain the juices into a large pan and bubble on the hob to concentrate it. 
26th Sep, 2015
Such a shame that the recipe is wrong! Translated to my IPad as two tablespoons of Ras El Hanout and it should definitely be just two TEAspoonsful. Far too spicy but loved the combination and will try again.....
10th Mar, 2014
A really enjoyable dish. If I made it again I wouldn't bother with the pomegranate seeds, not a fan of the crunch.
12th Dec, 2015
Very good recipe, I follow it in 100% but in the end I put too many apricots. If you use apricots already rehydrated, you can put 200g, if they are dried and hard, put half (100g). You can also replace can tomatoes with fresh ones. Just put them in hot water for a minute, peel them and cut.
14th Sep, 2013
I made this same as recipe but changed tin of tomatoes to passatta and used a Schwartz's Moroccan mixed spice instead of the ras el hangout as recommended and was beautiful